Poole Yacht Club

Poole Yacht Club

Club Information

This Yacht Club has been in its current location since 1985, located directly adjacent to the Cross Channel Ferry Terminal. However, its history dates back to 1852. A well-established club the history of racing, cruising and social activities are varied. Members have taken part in local regattas, raced against each other and with other Clubs such as Parkstone and Hamworthy, or quietly spent time sailing within the harbour or further afield.

The club offers superb facilities, including a modern two-level clubhouse, with veranda, bar, showers/ changing rooms, catering facilities and function rooms. There is also a race box centrally located for race meetings. The club has a very social presence for families, couples and singles. Members also have access to club car parking situated on the waterfront.

The club enjoys a sheltered marina for yacht storage on the water, allowing easy access via several pontoons. Members are allocated a vacant berth or mooring.

Members can enjoy access to club dinghies, such as Hartley 15’s, RS Feva’s, Optimists and a Sport 16

The racing programme available at The Poole Yacht Club is extensive with a record 151 club races available pre covid. This does not include various open meetings, regattas and training sessions. 

The racing season runs from Spring to Christmas and new competitors can join at any time. During the Spring and Summer months there are regular race evenings each week and in winter months, once a week.

Poole Yacht Club has a diverse range of racing dinghies. The club’s fleets include; Osprey, Laser, Yachting World Day Boat, GP14 and Hobie 16. All other dinghies race as part of the handicap fleets: fast, medium and slow. Races are as competitive or relaxed as each participant wants to make them. Abilities range from Olympians, passionate hobbyists, and novices.

 Cruiser racing is the biggest thrill on the water. There’s an atmosphere of friendly competition on race nights. The racing season runs from Spring to Christmas and new competitors can join at any time.  During the Spring and Summer months, race night is mid weeks during the winter months races are on weekends.

Yachts of all types compete every week against the wind, the clock and each other. After the sailing is over and the results are in, everyone gets together at the bar for a chat, a drink, and a review of the race. With over 70 boats out on the water at the height of the season, it’s always social and competitive.

The club group similar speed yachts against each other to make each time out on the water competitive and exciting. Cruisers race under a handicap system.

The club is a RYA-Accredited training for Adults and Children at all levels. The club offers adult and junior beginner sailing training between April to September. Junior sailors progress on to further sailing and race coaching. There are also sessions for Adult Improver training to build confidence in boat handling and provide a sailing and social experience for those who don’t feel ready to join in with our racing programme.

The club focuses on developing sailing skills both for pleasure and for competitive racing. Therefore, training is not just focused on race training, there is a wide variety of activities such as harbour cruising, social sailing, water games and other water sports.

We also do lots of social events during the year such as beach BBQs, a Youth Regatta, exploring the harbour and ‘Scamping’ weekend – a fun combination of sailing to Wareham and camping for the weekend.


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